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J-Term in Paris

Follow in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway, e.e. cummings, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kay Boyle, Richard Wright, Gertrude Stein, H.D., James Baldwin, Jack Kerouac, David Sedaris, and other writers who were shaped, in part, by their expat experiences in the City of Light. Students will live and write in the famous Montparnasse neighborhood where Hemingway lived, worked, and played.

Session: January 4-18, 2015
Location: Paris, France
Course: 55-4413J/5413J; Writing Abroad, J-Term
Credit Hours: 3 for both undergraduates and graduates
Instructor: Kathie Bergquist
Course description: This course considers how the experience of travel and expatriation informs the creative development and identity of creative writers. While exploring the work of writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, James Baldwin, Jamaica Kincaid and others, and through deep interaction with the city of Paris and its rich literary heritage, students have the opportunity to experience firsthand life as a creative writer abroad, to see their work in the context of other writers works, and to examine the personal and social contexts for creativity.

This course is open to all students! Students from other colleges and universities will need to register as a student at large.

Credit Hours: The course is offered for three (3) credit hours for undergrads, and (3) credit hours for grads, with more demand for grads.

Tuition: Included in Spring 2015 schedule.

Fees: $2500 (approx.)*
Excludes tuition, airfare, and incidentals.

Financial Aid: Spring aid applies to tuition and fees for the program.

Other Costs: Students are responsible for airfare (approx. $1200), meals, and incidentals.

Required Forms

Interest sheet [download]

Application materials [download]

Consent forms [downloads] - Affidavit, Acknowledgement of Risks]

Informational Meetings
Thursday, September 18, 5:30-6:15 PM
624 S. Michigan Ave., Room 1202

Study Abroad Fair
Wednesday, September 24, 11:00-2:00 PM
618 S. Michigan, 2nd floor

Tuesday, September 30, 5:30-6:15 PM
624 S. Michigan Ave., Room 1202

To apply for J-Term 2015, submit a letter of interest, indicating your academic year, major, a personal introduction, why you are interested in the Paris J-Term, and how you think this study abroad opportunity will benefit you. Email letters of interest as a .doc attachment of .pdf to Kathie Bergquist: kbergquist@colum.edu, by October 1, 2014.

Kathie Bergquist (kbergquist@colum.edu) and Elizabeth Yokas (eyokas@colum.edu)

Important Dates
Starting September 2014: $750 deposits collected.

Please go to the cashier, 3rd floor, 600 S. Michigan. Specify to cashier that you are making a deposit for "Paris Program, Creative Writing Department - Fiction." Please bring the receipt to the Department of Creative Writing office (room 1200, 624 S. Michigan) to have a copy made for our records.

Or, pay on-line at: https://quikpayasp.com/colum/commerce_manager/payer.do?orderType=IP_deposit. Scroll down to find the Paris Creative Writing program. The rest of your fees and tuition will be billed to your CCC account.

October 1, 2014: Letter of interest is due.

October 15, 2014: $750 deposit are due, payable upon acceptance into the program.

November 3, 2014: Early Spring and J-term Registration begins. Students must register for the class the first week of Spring/J-Term registration.

November 10, 2014: Last day for 50% deposit refund.

November 14, 2014: Registrations are due. To ensure your place in the program, after notification of acceptance, please make your $750 deposit as soon as possible.

Application materials due. [download]

Housing form, consent forms (2), passport copy, flight itinerary, CIEE participation rider, CIEE student health form.

November 28, 2014: As space allows, deposits and applications will be accepted until this date.

Note: Please do not book travel without approval to proceed from Kathie Bergquist or Elizabeth Yokas.

**Session fees include: Housing, daily breakfast, transfer to/from airport, welcome and celebration dinners, and transit passes.

In the past, students have used the site gofundme.com to raise funds for study abroad. You can use the site to solicit support from family, friends, employers, etc.

For more information, please contact Kathie Bergquist (kbergquist@colum.edu) or  Elizabeth Yokas (eyokas@colum.edu). 312-369-7611.